Disaster Recovery in Operational Risk Management Disaster Recovery Toolkit (Publication Date: 2024/02)


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Discover Insights, Make Informed Decisions, and Stay Ahead of the Curve:

  • Does your organization have an incident response and disaster recovery capability, with suitably trained staff?
  • Are the business continuity and disaster recovery plans consistent with your business needs?
  • What are the other concerns, if any, that can affect the recovery of your business unit?
  • Key Features:

    • Comprehensive set of 1509 prioritized Disaster Recovery requirements.
    • Extensive coverage of 69 Disaster Recovery topic scopes.
    • In-depth analysis of 69 Disaster Recovery step-by-step solutions, benefits, BHAGs.
    • Detailed examination of 69 Disaster Recovery case studies and use cases.

    • Digital download upon purchase.
    • Enjoy lifetime document updates included with your purchase.
    • Benefit from a fully editable and customizable Excel format.
    • Trusted and utilized by over 10,000 organizations.

    • Covering: Vendor Management, Process Reviews, Audit Trail, Risk Ranking, Operational Resilience, Resilience Plan, Regulatory Risk, Security Standards, Contingency Planning, Risk Review, Incident Reporting, Risk Tracking, Loss Prevention, Operational Controls, Threat Intelligence, Risk Measurement, Risk Identification, Crisis Management, Risk Mapping, Risk Assessment, Risk Profile, Disaster Recovery, Risk Assurance, Risk Framework, Risk Strategy, Internal Audit, Risk Culture, Risk Communication, Key Indicators, Risk Oversight, Control Measures, Root Cause, Risk Exposure, Risk Appetite, Risk Monitoring, Risk Reporting, Risk Metrics, Risk Response, Fraud Detection, Risk Analysis, Risk Evaluation, Risk Processes, Risk Transfer, Business Continuity, Risk Prioritization, Operational Impact, Internal Control, Risk Allocation, Reputation Risk, Risk Scenario, Vulnerability Assessment, Compliance Monitoring, Asset Protection, Risk Indicators, Security Threats, Risk Optimization, Risk Landscape, Risk Governance, Data Breach, Risk Capital, Risk Tolerance, Governance Framework, Third Party Risk, Risk Register, Risk Model, Operational Governance, Security Breach, Regulatory Compliance, Risk Awareness

    Disaster Recovery Assessment Disaster Recovery Toolkit – Utilization, Solutions, Advantages, BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal):

    Disaster Recovery

    Disaster recovery refers to the ability of an organization to respond to and recover from unexpected events, such as natural disasters or cyber attacks, with a plan in place and trained staff.

    1. Solutions: Developing and implementing a comprehensive disaster recovery plan that outlines strategies for business continuity in case of a disaster.

    Benefits: Minimizes potential loss of productivity and protects critical assets, leading to faster recovery and reduced downtime.

    2. Solutions: Conducting regular training and drills to test the effectiveness of the disaster recovery plan and ensure all staff are well prepared.

    Benefits: Increases employee readiness and response time during a disaster, decreasing the impact and severity of the incident.

    3. Solutions: Implementing redundant systems and backups to ensure data and operations can be quickly recovered in case of a disaster.

    Benefits: Reduces the risk of data loss and enables swift restoration of normal operations, minimizing financial and reputational damage.

    4. Solutions: Building partnerships with external vendors who can provide disaster recovery services, such as alternate work sites or cloud storage.

    Benefits: Diversifies resources and expands options for recovery in different scenarios, improving the overall resilience of the organization.

    5. Solutions: Regularly reviewing and updating the disaster recovery plan to adjust to changes in the business environment and potential risks.

    Benefits: Ensures the plan remains relevant and effective in addressing new threats and challenges, maintaining business continuity.

    CONTROL QUESTION: Does the organization have an incident response and disaster recovery capability, with suitably trained staff?

    Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG) for 10 years from now:

    Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal:

    In 10 years, our organization will have a fully integrated and advanced incident response and disaster recovery capability, with a team of highly trained and skilled staff, capable of swiftly and effectively responding to any type of disaster or crisis.

    Specific objectives to achieve this goal include:

    1. Implementing a comprehensive disaster recovery plan, regularly updated and tested, that covers all critical systems and processes.
    2. Establishing a dedicated incident response team, with clear roles and responsibilities, trained in the latest incident response protocols.
    3. Building a robust backup and recovery infrastructure, including off-site data storage and redundant systems, to ensure minimal downtime in the event of a disaster.
    4. Collaborating with local emergency services and government agencies to develop a coordinated and efficient response plan for major disasters.
    5. Conducting regular training and simulations to keep the incident response and disaster recovery team sharp and prepared for different scenarios.
    6. Investing in the latest technologies, such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, to enhance our incident response and recovery processes.
    7. Prioritizing employee safety and well-being in all disaster response efforts, with proper risk assessments and protocols in place.
    8. Developing strong partnerships with other organizations and businesses in our industry to support each other during times of crisis.
    9. Ensuring all employees are educated and aware of disaster preparedness and response procedures, through regular training and communication.
    10. Continuously monitoring and analyzing potential threats and risks, and making necessary updates to our disaster recovery plan and capabilities.

    With this big, hairy, audacious goal in place, our organization will be well-equipped to handle any disaster that comes our way, providing peace of mind to our stakeholders and ensuring our business continuity in the face of challenges.

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    Disaster Recovery Case Study/Use Case example – How to use:

    Client Situation:

    XYZ Corporation is a multinational organization with operations spanning across various industries, including manufacturing, financial services, and technology. The company has around 10,000 employees globally and generates annual revenue of $1 billion. Due to the diverse nature of its operations and geographically dispersed workforce, the organization is highly reliant on its information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure. Any disruption to this infrastructure can lead to significant financial losses and damage to its reputation.

    The top management at XYZ Corporation realized the importance of having a robust incident response and disaster recovery capability in place to mitigate the impact of any potential disasters or cyber-attacks. However, they were unsure if their current capabilities were sufficient and wanted to conduct an independent review to assess their readiness and identify any gaps that needed to be addressed.

    Consulting Methodology:

    Our consulting methodology for this project involved conducting a thorough assessment of the organization′s current incident response and disaster recovery capabilities. This assessment was conducted using a combination of desk research, interviews with key stakeholders, and site visits to get a holistic view of the organization′s readiness.

    We followed industry best practices and frameworks, such as the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework and ISO 27001, to guide our assessment. We also used various consulting whitepapers, academic business journals, and market research reports to gather insights on the latest trends and strategies in incident response and disaster recovery.


    Through our assessment, we identified the following key deliverables:

    1. Current State Assessment – This report provided an overview of the organization′s current incident response and disaster recovery capabilities, including strengths, weaknesses, and potential risks.

    2. Gap Analysis – Based on the findings from the current state assessment, we performed a gap analysis to identify areas where the organization′s capabilities fell short compared to industry best practices and standards.

    3. Recommendations – We provided detailed recommendations on how the organization could improve its incident response and disaster recovery capabilities. These recommendations were tailored to the organization′s specific needs and took into account its business objectives, size, and budget.

    Implementation Challenges:

    While conducting the assessment, we faced several challenges that needed to be addressed. Some of the key challenges were:

    1. Lack of awareness – Many employees were not aware of the organization′s incident response and disaster recovery procedures, making it difficult to assess the effectiveness of these processes.

    2. Limited resources – The organization had limited resources allocated towards incident response and disaster recovery, which posed a challenge in implementing our recommendations.

    3. Geographically dispersed workforce – With operations spread across multiple countries, ensuring consistent incident response and disaster recovery procedures posed a challenge.


    To track the success of our recommendations and measure the organization′s progress in improving its incident response and disaster recovery capabilities, we proposed the following key performance indicators (KPIs):

    1. Mean Time to Respond (MTTR) – This KPI reflects the average time taken by the organization to detect and respond to an incident. A lower MTTR indicates a more efficient response process.

    2. Recovery Point Objective (RPO) – This measures how much data loss the organization can tolerate during a disaster. The lower the RPO, the better prepared the organization is for recovering critical data.

    3. Recovery Time Objective (RTO) – This measures the time taken to recover services or applications after a disaster. A lower RTO indicates a faster restoration of services.

    Management Considerations:

    During the project, we also identified some key management considerations that needed to be addressed to ensure the success of our recommendations:

    1. Top-level support – Executive buy-in and support were crucial for implementing our recommendations effectively. We worked closely with the top management to ensure their involvement and support throughout the project.

    2. Employee training – Our recommendations included the need for regular employee training on incident response and disaster recovery procedures. This was necessary to ensure that employees were aware of their roles and responsibilities during a potential disaster.

    3. Regular testing – We recommended that the organization conduct regular testing and simulations of its incident response and disaster recovery procedures to identify any gaps or areas for improvement.


    Through our assessment, we identified that while XYZ Corporation had some incident response and disaster recovery capabilities in place, there were significant gaps that needed to be addressed. Our recommendations were tailored to the organization′s specific needs, and with top-level support and regular training and testing, the organization can improve its readiness to respond to and recover from potential disasters or cyber-attacks. By implementing our recommendations, XYZ Corporation can significantly reduce the impact of any incidents on its operations and protect its reputation, thus ensuring business continuity and minimizing financial losses.

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